NewsMarch 30, 2020

Safari Staff to be Allowed to Leave Vessel Only After HPA Approval – NEOC Spokesperson

The government previously announced that safari workers can leave the vessel after 14 days quarantine from the departure of its last guests.

However, Spokesperson of National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC), Mohamed Mabrooq Azeez has announced that safari staff will need Health Protection Agency (HPA)’s approval even after the quarantine period to leave the vessel.


Mabrooq made the announcement at the press conference held today (30th March) at Dharubaaruge.

HPA previously ceased the travel of any persons to and from resorts and safaris to any residential island within the Maldives.

In order to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, Maldives has also banned the entry of all foreign passenger vessels to the country.

The government has taken a number of precautionary measures against the rapidly escalating state of the global COVID-19 pandemic.